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Photos by Chris Humphrey Photographer.
Photos by Chris Humphrey Photographer.

“Oh you MUST get the fried chicken!” the family at the next table calls over. “It’s fabulous!”

Sometimes the snug, cozy, white-walled interior of Wanda J’s Next Generation restaurant seems like a gathering of old friends. And of course they’re right – that sizzling juicy chicken is a miracle of succulence and crunch, worth a trip from anywhere, and those sides (fried corn on the cob, mac and cheese, greens) are just fine, too.

So give your order to the waitress. She’s also the chef, the dishwasher and the owner. Five sisters run this place in Tulsa’s Greenwood District, and if they look more like college kids than waitresses, it’s because they are. Tonight it’s Glory Walker, her hair pulled back and her glasses slipping down a bit, who takes your order.

Photos by Chris Humphrey Photographer
Photos by Chris Humphrey Photographer

“When we were little, we stood on a step stool behind the register at Grandma’s restaurant, walked behind the waitresses, and we baked, too,” she says. “Grandma has a special touch and we learned it all. We don’t use